46% of the women of the Dominican Republic do not have access to contraceptives and 23% cannot make decisions about their sexual and reproductive health, according to data from a report from the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) released in the country this Sunday.
The data are part of the report ‘State of the World Population 2023: 8,000 million lives, infinite possibilities: arguments in favor of rights and freedoms’which estimates that some 257 million women worldwide have an unmet need for safe and reliable contraception.
In the Dominican Republic, the fertility rate Total is 2.2 children per woman and adolescent fertility is 94.3 live births for every 1,000 women between 15 and 19 years of age.
The maternal mortality stands at 107 per 100,000 live births, surpassing the Latin American region, which has 88 maternal deaths per each 100,000 live birthsdespite the fact that 98% of deliveries were attended by qualified health personnel.
The sterilization It has been the most used contraceptive method in the Dominican Republic, in 30.5% of women of reproductive age, married or in union, according to the National Survey of Multiple Purpose Homes (Enhogar MICS 2019).
These same data showed that the Dominican Republic is the second place in the world with about 25% of women who were sterilized without knowing that it was an irreversible intervention.